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ACEJMC Accreditation

The Department of Communications at the University of North Alabama offers undergraduate degrees in two majors: the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science in Mass Communication and the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science in Communication Arts. 

The Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science in Mass Communication is accredited by the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications. ACEJMC is the agency responsible for the evalutation of professional journalism and mass communications programs in colleges and universities. UNA's Mass Communication major is one of 113 programs approved by ACEJMC, only four of which are in Alabama.

The Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science in Communication Arts does not fall under the accreditation guidelines of ACEJMC, but the programs follow Department of Communications curriculum requirements and benefit from resources provided in support of the accredited program.

Enrollment

The numbers below indicate registered Mass Communication majors for each academic year (summer, fall, spring).

ACADEMIC TERM NUMBER OF STUDENTS
2012-2013 147
2013-2014 129
2014-2015 128
2015-2016 183
2016-2017 206
2017-2018 TBA

Retention Rates

The percentages below indicate the first-year retention rates of students who declare Mass Communication as their major as incoming freshmen.

Retention Rates for Incoming Freshmen Mass Communication Majors

ACADEMIC TERM FRESHMEN MAJORS % RETURNED 2ND YEAR
2011-2012 16 73.2
2012-2013 14 70.1
2013-2014 16 70.6
2014-2015 7 66.67
2015-2016 21 71.4
2016-2017 28 82.1
2017-2018 20 TBA

 Graduation Rates

The information below indicates the percentage of students who declared Mass Communication as their major as incoming freshmen and who graduated from that program in four, five, and six years.

ACADEMIC TERM NUMBER OF STUDENTS 4 YEARS GRADUATION RATE 5 YEARS GRADUATION RATE 6 YEARS GRADUATION RATE
2011-2012 16 25% 44% 50%
2012-2013 14 29% 43% TBA
2013-2014 16 25% TBA TBA
2014-2015 7 TBA TBA TBA
2015-2016 21 TBA TBA TBA
2016-2017 28 TBA TBA TBA
2017-2018 20 TBA TBA TBA